K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

NEW! Ohio’s State Tests – English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science

7/1/2019

New! Practice Tests 

On July 31, the practice tests on the portal will be updated with newly released items from spring 2019 tests.
 

Spring 2019 

New! Spring 2019 Score Reporting 

District results for students who took the spring 2019 Ohio’s State Tests are available in the Online Reporting System (ORS). Scores for students who tested using a breach form will be posted by July 2. Records that require discrepancy resolution will be reported after the records are resolved in TIDE.
 

Rescore and Verification Window 

Districts will have an opportunity to submit rescore and verification requests in TIDE until July 25. Review the Rescores and Verifications Guidance document for instructions.
 
A district can submit rescore requests in TIDE if it believes a student’s score does not reflect expected student achievement. There is a $25 charge for processing rescore requests unless the rescore results in a score change.
 
A district can submit verification requests if the following applies:
(1)   The district believes the student tested and did not receive a score; or
(2)   The district believes a score was incorrectly assigned to a student (this verification type only applies to students who took paper tests).
 

Discrepancy Resolution Window 

Districts will have an opportunity to resolve discrepant records in TIDE. District test coordinators must sign in to the “Ohio State Tests 2018-2019” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the Discrepancy Resolution Guide for instructions. Districts must resolve all discrepant records. Unresolved records will not be reported.
 

Spring 2019 Score Reporting 

District results for students who took the spring 2019 Ohio’s State Tests online were posted in the Online Reporting System (ORS) on June 3. Students whose scorable documents were returned to DRC according to the instructions in the manual were posted June 17 for grade 3 English language arts and June 24 for all other subjects. Scores for students who tested using a breach form will be posted by July 8. Records that require discrepancy resolution will be reported after the records are resolved in TIDE.
 

Summer 2019 Grade 3 English Language Arts Administration

 NEW! Summer 2019 Score Reporting 

District results for students who took the summer 2019 English language arts test online will be posted in the Online Reporting System (ORS) on Aug. 15.  Students whose grade 3 scorable test booklets were returned to DRC according the instructions in the manual will be posted Aug. 26. Records that require discrepancy resolution will be reported after the records are resolved in TIDE.
 

Test Administration 

Summer testing is optional, and the administration window is July 8-12. Students, schools and districts may elect to participate or not participate. The summer 2019 administration is an online test administration. Grade 3 English language arts paper tests only are available for specific situations.
 
The summer Test Administration Manual is available for download on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents page of the portal. The manual must be reviewed by test coordinators and test administrators prior to the summer 2019 administration. The manual includes key information regarding scheduling, test security, staff responsibilities and other important policies and procedures.
 

Pre-ID Window and Additional Order Window 

Districts must ensure all participating students are preidentified in TIDE in advance of the test window and have the appropriate subject mode field set to “O” for online and “P” for paper. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2018-2019 Ohio Pre-ID files for more information.
 
Districts with grade 3 students using paper may place an order in TIDE July 1-10. All orders are subject to Department approval. District test coordinators will place orders under the “Paper Orders Grade 3 Summer 2019” administration task in TIDE. To access the Orders task, district test coordinators must first confirm their contact information and shipping address under the Contact info task. District test coordinators that wish to change their shipping addresses must contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809 to request a change.
 

Secure Browser for Summer Testing 

The secure browser used for spring 2019 online testing should continue to be used for summer testing. Refer to the Technology Resources page for more information.
 

Score Report Labels 

Districts that wish to receive a set of grade 3 English language arts summer 2019 test score report labels must access the Score Report Label Requests task in the Ohio State Tests 2018-2019 administration in TIDE, select “Yes” and click save by July 26. All districts automatically receive printed Family Reports. If your district does not want to receive score report labels, no action is required.